Michael John LaJuett (Watertown, Cocoa Beach/Lakeland, and West Henrietta)
Passed away on May 6, 2023, at the age of 79. Predeceased by parents, Beverly Rose and Anthony John LaJuett of Watertown, New York. Survived by daughters Kimberly Galinski (Dave Bourdeau) of Westfield, Massachusetts and Jennifer Sinsebox (Larry) of West Henrietta, New York. Michael had five grandchildren: Ashley Ryan (Dan), Chester Galinski (Leea), Kaitlin Galinski, Hannah Sinsebox, and Sarah Sinsebox. He also had one great granddaughter who he was able to see over Facetime the day before he passed away, Ylva Telli Galinski.
Although small in stature, Michael had a big personality. He enjoyed shopping, going out to eat, and playing quick draw while drinking an occasional Miller Lite with a dash of salt and a few green olives. His apartment was complete with plenty of snacks, coca cola, and candy dishes on each of his living room tables. Michael would often reminisce about his military childhood overseas with his parents in Turkey, living at Scott Airforce Base in Belleville, Illinois, and hanging out at Coconuts On The Beach in Cocoa Beach, and Lucky’s Bar in Lakeland, Florida.
During the past two years living in West Henrietta, Michael was not a fan of the cold weather, however he looked forward to his Thursday morning doughnut and coffee hour at Springside Meadows Apartments with his neighbors, especially the ladies. During his short time back in New York, he made great friendships with Louise, Kathy, Colleen, and caregiver, Laurie and touched the lives of many, many more. Having struggled with limited vision, mobility, and a short illness, he is now at peace reunited with his parents, Bev and Tony and beloved dog, Taz. Michael is looking down upon us listening to his favorite song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and reminding us not to worry about him as he will be all right and he just needs to relax.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Veteran’s Outreach Center, Inc. of Rochester, New York. Please send your donation to Veterans Outreach Center, 447 South Ave., Rochester, NY 14620, ATTN: Joan Brandenburg. Be sure to write “In memory of Michael LaJuett” on the check. Or CLICK HERE to donate online.
There will be no services and Michael will be taken home to Watertown, New York and Cocoa Beach, Florida as per his request.